Walking a fine line

     Salvation is in Jesus Christ and in Him alone.  I am not saved because of my ability to figure God out.  I am not saved because I am in the right camp, denomination, theological think tank, or any other such configuration of human origin.  I am not saved because I have done my rituals right, saluted the right principles, or followed the right spiritual leaders.  I am saved because I have had an encounter with the real Jesus and have thrown myself completely on His mercy.  I have surrendered to His Lordship.  I stand amazed in His presence.  Do not hear me say that doctrine does not matter.  I am a seeker of the Truth.  It is just that He is the Truth, and I will spend the rest of my life trying to grasp all of the amazing realities that comprise my understanding of Him.  When Paul met Him on the Damascus road, he had not yet even imagined the letter to the Romans, and yet he readily called Jesus Lord.  In fact, He recognized Jesus as Lord even before he recognized Him by the name Jesus.  Almost no one comes to Christ because they have recognized a doctrinal system that they believe to be true.  They come to Christ because they encounter Him and are compelled to believe on Him.  Then as believers they try to understand as much as they can about His purposes and His ways. 

     Here is an interesting thought.  Could it be that the problem with false teachers and false teaching is that they start with a body of doctrine and then force Jesus to fit their system?  As for me, I have found that I cannot build a filing cabinet big enough to contain the wonders of my Lord.  A good way to illustrate this is to remember that Paul in a moment of ecstacy said, “I know whom I have beleived . . .”.   He did not say, “I know what I have believed . . .”.  The difference in those two statements defines the fine line between worshipping Jesus Christ and worshipping our belief systems.  Think about it.

Dan Wooldridge

1 thought on “Walking a fine line

  1. Well said, Bro. Dan. It brings to mind two realities about understanding His truths.

    1) There’s enough in the Scriptures to keep us in awe for eternity.
    “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)

    2) The message is to be understood by the Spirit and His grace.
    “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:13)
    “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” (I Corithians 2:10)

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